WILDFIRES

Fire is the most destructive force in nature, nothing is immune to it and its power. Wildfires can spring up unexpectedly and with little warning. From a stray cigarette tossed carelessly out the window to an unattended campfire the sources of these destructive fires are numerous. When conditions are right they can quickly and mercessily destroy everything in their path as they quickly spread. Preparing for a quick and rapid evacuation is essential. 

WHAT TO DO BEFORE A WILDFIRE:
Make sure you have your bugout bags ready. See the article on them.
Have evacuation routes planned. Mark them on paper maps so you can reference them. 
Have a family emergency communication plan in place. See the article on making them. 
Make sure you have enough water hoses to reach all areas of your house. 
Make sure to keep gutters clean and free of debris. Also keep combustible items at least 30 feet from the house.
Have an inventory list of what's in your home and have it and insurance documents in your bug out bag.
DO YOUR PART & BE MINDFUL OF YOUR FLAME. DON'T BE THE ONE TO START THE FIRE

PRACTICAL ADVICE:
If you see a fire don't assume someone has called. Make the call. 
If told to evacuate don't wait, DO IT. Make sure to tell someone where you are going. Don't forget your Bug Out Bag when evacuating
Keep your radio on to stay up to date for alerts well evacuating. 
Remember mass evacuations are chaotic events and can bring the worse out in people. Prepare accordingly. 
If someone is burned contact emergency help, see the articles in the medical section on treating burns.
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